Philosophy Talk: Art & Literature for the 21st Century

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WHERE:
First Congregational Church of Christ
1126 Southwest Park Avenue
Portland

WHEN:
April 5, 2014

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Philosophy Talk is coming to Portland! Join the entire gang for a live recording of their award-winning radio program. Hosts John and Ken welcome best-selling author Dave Shields in a conversation about literature, art and reality.

For decades, literary critics have been questioning the relevance of the novel as a literary form, with some going so far as to declare its death. But if the novel is dead, it's not clear what new form can take its place. Should we treat the popularity of the memoir as a sign that what readers want is more truth, less fiction? Or is the memoir, like 'reality TV,' mostly just fiction dressed up as fact? In these fragmented times, when everything has already been said or done before, can there be any truly original innovations in art and literature? Or is the demand for originality itself an antiquated idea?

David Shields is the New York Times bestselling author of fifteen books, including The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead; Salinger (co-written by Shane Salerno); Reality Hunger, named one of the best books of 2010 by more than thirty publications; Black Planet, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Remote, winner of the PEN/Revson Award; and Dead Languages, winner of the PEN Syndicated Fiction Award. He lives with his wife and daughter in Seattle, where he is the Milliman Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at the University of Washington. His work has been translated into twenty languages.

Now in its 11th year on the radio, Philosophy Talk celebrates the value of the examined life. Each week, our host philosophers John Perry and Ken Taylor invite you to join them in conversation on a wide variety of issues ranging from popular culture to our most deeply-held beliefs about science, morality, and the human condition. Philosophy Talk challenges listeners to identify and question their assumptions and to think about things in new ways. We are dedicated to reasoned conversation driven by human curiosity. Philosophy Talk is accessible, intellectually stimulating and most of all, fun!

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